Galatea 2.2 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Powers
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Philip Lentz refer to Richard in their second meeting?

2. What does Richard say about the machine Philip Lentz built?

3. What causes Richard to threaten to leave Philip Lentz's project?

4. To what do Richard's attempts at conversation lead him?

5. How does Philip Lentz refer to the location where Richard lived before coming to this location?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Taylor's death and its importance to Richard.

2. What were Richard's thoughts about getting married when he was with C.?

3. How does Richard think about the stories he wrote while he was with C.?

4. What debate do Richard and Lentz have over Helen in the beginning of section X?

5. Why does Richard say he was originally attracted to C.?

6. What does Richard feel about himself and about his writing while Lentz is redesigning implementation B?

7. What is the setting of "Galatea 2.2"?

8. What were Richard's first few months in the Netherlands like with C.?

9. Describe Richard's progress on his new book.

10. What does Richard say about writing students in general?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are Richard's and Helen's experiences parallel, insofar as Richard struggled with Dutch, and struggled to find a language he and C. could speak together in their relationship, and Helen struggles to generate analysis of literature? How are they similar? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

When Richard meets Lentz, Lentz is experimenting with machines that can recognize beautiful music, and Helen ultimately requests music and poetry from Richard. Are Richard and Lentz asking the machines to do two different things, or are music and poetry treated as the same project?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of "Galatea 2.2". Did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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